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Obituary: BCEW Chairman David Townley dies

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On Thursday, Blind Cricket England and Wales announced that BCEW Chairman David Townley had died in late June.


Townley has been active with BCEW since the organization’s inception nine and a half  years, and had served as the chairman for the past eight years. He also served as the president of World Blind Cricket Council  for several years. BCEW’s Dave Gavrilovic was quoted as saying of the news, “His sudden and untimely passing is a great blow to both the charity as a whole and to those of us who served on the committee with him. DT was as much a friend as he was a colleague. He was relentlessly kind and generous with his time, and he always gave his best at whatever he did.

“Those of you who knew DT will, I’m sure, share our distress at this horrible news. For those of you who didn’t know DT, he was hard working, great at bringing in funding, excellent at representing the charity, and he cared passionately about visually impaired cricket, which was never more evident than at Twenty20 Finals day – an event he started in 2008 and continued to organise every year no matter what else was happening in his life.

“It is a mark of the man that DT was that he worked just as hard for the charity after he retired from playing as he had done during his very successful playing career for Metro and England.”

From Hereford, Townley is currently ranked thirtieth in all time caps for the English men’s national side. He attended Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. He was a member of the class of 1968 at
Hereford High School for Boys. He was survived by at least two sons, including Dafydd Townley and Gareth Townley.

BCEW announced that they would cancel all league matches today and tomorrow in Townley’s honor, but that would BBS Cup, T20 Cup and Development T20 cup matches would still be played as a result of needing to keep these on schedule.  The organization has requested that its members have a minute of silence or applause in Townley’s honor before the start of their next match.


Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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